Rewind a couple of years and if you had asked a stranger on the street if they’d heard of a botnet or a DDoS attack*, they would likely shrug their shoulders or give you a blank stare. These days, due to a handful of high profile incidents involving Mirai, a malware that targets Linux systems, and other malware, an increasing number people have become aware of the vulnerabilities associated with the technologies they rely on.
Far from a Hollywoodesque villain orchestrating the international cyber breach experienced late last year, it turned out Mirai was able to cause the widespread downing of some of the web’s largest sites, via the fridge in the company break room and the smart TV playing videos at the reception desk.
*a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources
The Internet Of Things
In the age of the Internet Of Things (IoT), a serious breach has the potential to cause damage far beyond stolen data. There are increasing numbers of IoT use cases, such as those within healthcare, and transportation, where being hacked with ransomware could literally become a life or death issue. It is these types of threats that have taken the attention of security experts beyond the protection of company IT infrastructure such as laptops, servers, etc, to the far broader issues of how to fill in widening security gaps and protect more inocuous devices such as high-tech fridges and TVs.
Filling the Cybersecurity Gap
SaaS security and PCAP forensics are two new and inventive technologies which are expertly filling these widening gaps. SaaS security is a protective solution for all cloud-based assets, which combines remote access device protection and anti-virus software to manage and protect enterprise networks. PCAP forensics capture, store, record and evaluate all data travelling across a network for security threats allowing incident response teams or platforms to act fast to any threat as soon as it’s traced.
With heightened awareness of vulnerabilities, many companies now treat their network infrastructure very differently than they used to. New network structures need versatile security solutions that protect both the network and the many individual devices connected to it. The solutions required for each vary dramatically. Different protection, management and remediation protocols are required for each and this type holistic approach to security is a prerequisite in today’s environment.
As we’ve known for some time, traditional methods of security are simply no longer up to the task of mitigating the increasingly complex attacks which threaten enterprise networks. The days implementing a next-generation firewall and sitting back with a mojito are long gone and it is essential that companies implement strict security protocols and be aware of evolving threats that come about through the constantly evolving technological landscape.
Fortunately, even as cyber threats continue to grow and adapt, when implemented correctly and managed diligently, the expertise and technology able to defend against them, is consistently able to maintain the upper hand.